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School officials Gandara and Sandoval plead guilty

LightSaber - Rules are rules. I have often commented on Lopez being the ONLY Board member who cast her vote in favor of the students, in favor of the tax payers, and in favor of the employees. Allow me to remind you SHE went to the DA, why didn't false prophet, speaker of truth - but no follow thru Jim Cartmill? Why is Lopez openly disrespected by Brand, McCann and Cartmill at Board meetings? Simple, because once she realized the 'rules of SUHSD's game' and refused to play by them they tried to embarrass her, ridicule her, get her out (remember candidate by area was first brought to the Board by Brand in an attempt to get rid of her). Up until a couple of months ago I continued to hold out hope that Cartmill would receive a blessing of his own and be guided into doing right. Alas, I am still waiting. I believe he had it within him after all he exhibited certain signs - case in point, he did look at speakers, he did appear to listen and he rarely limited speaker time. But it was action I looked for - it was integrity I sought. Cartmill - Brand. - Brand - Cartmill. Read between the lines. Cartmill may be a loving father and fabulous husband but we, the taxpayers and parents were not born to him nor did we marry him. But we did vote for him and we did, in the end, loose faith in him as our Board member. What are the lines to that song again 'do I (we) ever cross your mind?' Doubt it, most likely when he thinks of us he hears the sound of a battering ram - we refused to stop until we found justice. While some may not view what has happened with the case as justice allow me to share a conversation of last week. "annie, we have accomplished what we set out to do, they have been exposed and are going or gone". What will the future bring? Interesting question. Just yesterday I was told a couple District folk are jockeying for position - my opinion - I want NOONE who has sat at that table with Brand leading this District. We need to remove any Brand influence FOREVER! The last thing we need is to replace 'I owe you Brand, Jim Cartmill' for a new insider relationship between Brand and ---- or ----. What is needed is someone who is a staunch advocate for quality education, a builder, a peacemaker, a person who has integrity - a person who has history of standing up, speaking up for what is right.
— April 7, 2014 7 a.m.

School officials Gandara and Sandoval plead guilty

Visduh - wise you are. Cartmill will get but a slap on the wrist, he will continue to tell the congregation that he was simply attempting to benefit a good cause; alas, those in the community have become educated and realize when one is not part of the solution THEY ARE INDEED PART OF THE PROBLEM. Regarding Arlie Ricasa, well she sure showed all who and what she is all about - self. I mean its not like she couldn't afford to pay for her own BevMo bill, not as if she deserved to use her position for a pageant and surely she knew better than use public resources to communicate her biddings. Many in the Filipino community were growing weary of her airs and self promotion. Wow, what a legacy to leave behind. Not sure if Southwestern could legally do anything, but then I too am not an attorney. Many students have voiced disdain for her at this point and respect her little. Do they have a pageant for Ms. Disgraced School Board Member? If rumors are true and she was planning on turning states evidence - code terminology for snitch, rat - I wonder how Jim Cartmill and 'the gandara' feel about her now? Eastlaker - regarding Pfingst promoting 'the gandara's' accomplishments - allow me to refresh alls memories - isn't this the same Pfingst who stood in front of the cameras declaring the innocence of his client - well, it looks like that ship has sailed, and was then sunk!!!!!! 'the gandara' innocent - want some interesting reading - GOOGLE 'Gandara Soccorro, Texas - read the comments in past newspaper articles - the community has a great deal to say about 'the gandara' and surprise surprise it ain't good. The funny thing, several of the articles go back, to before Jim Cartmill and Arlie Ricasa brought him all the way to Chula Vista. The 'gandara' name in Soccorro does not appear to equate with upstanding citizen, Several stories about males with the last name Gandara. Tell me, is it not sad that the students in our community were/are led by such individuals? All of the MILLIONS this bunch had, and continue to have at their disposal yet the majority of our schools continue to be in Program Improvement WHY??????? Next time you see John McCann wearing his little John McCann 4 City Counsil t-shirt - ask him why he didn't terminate 'the gandara' that night at Southwest High (that nights date should have been the termination date). Ask him why he failed to share the legal opinion that 'the gandara' COULD be fired for cause. Ah yes, John McCann, bet he is thinking in terms of that old song 'if I could turn back the hands of time' - yes Mr. McCann you could have had it all but you chose to join forces with those you pledged to reform. Tsk tsk
— April 5, 2014 8:57 p.m.